F.E.A.R.

One of the first things you notice when firing up F.E.A.R. is that a lot of work went into the game’s production values, combat and technical aspects. If you’re looking for a game to show off your new PC or video card, F.E.A.R. is the game to do so. Monolith has obvious polished those areas to a level that’s arguably above any PC game before it. As such, most reviews have judged F.E.A.R. on its spectacular, cinematic firefights. After all, that’s the very reason to pick up this game. The firefights rate a 10, and one can only heap praise upon … [Read more...]

Brief QA with Rainbow Six: Lockdown for PC Team

Getting right to the point, Ubisoft sent the "interview" below out to most game sites today. It's a general QA held with the game's Producer, Stuart White. 1) Is the storyline of PC version the same as Lockdown on console? We have modified the storyline to enhance the PC players overall experience. The essence of which includes independent terrorist threats, tied together by one common element, the Legion virus. Rainbow must determine the connection between the terrorist threats and the virus and stop the virus from causing massive … [Read more...]

DVD Reviews: Disney's Classic Holiday Stories, Holiday Celebration

I?m consistently the first person to complain when holiday decorations start going up before Halloween, so you must understand that when Disney released two holiday-themed DVDs a few weeks ago, I was exasperated, to say the least. The two disks, Volumes 8 and 9 in Disney?s Classic Cartoon Favorites collection, came out at just the right time from a retailer?s standpoint, but as a consumer, Disney seemed to be jumping the gun. And before you feed the Mass Holiday Purchases machine, you should make sure that you don?t jump the gun as well: only … [Read more...]

Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves

To understand where this review is headed, it’s important to understand the pedigree of the Sly Cooper franchise and the appeal of 1970s and 80s Warner Bros. cartoons. Although they sound unrelated, they’re surprisingly similar. Well, they were until the release of Sly 3: Honor Among Thieves. During the reign of Sly Cooper and Sly 2, those two games were reason enough to purchase a PlayStation 2. Although their Saturday-morning-cartoon appearance gave the impression that the games were geared toward kids, the gameplay was classic platforming … [Read more...]

Pac 'n Roll

Pac ’n Roll is the latest game in the attempt to bring Pac Man back to digital domination. Unfortunately for this game, better games such as Kirby Canvas Curse and Pokemon Dash beat it to store shelves. Pac ’n Roll starts out with a short scene that tries to give this game a semblance of a storyline. However, try as they might, the only Pac Man game (in my mind) that had a storyline was Super Pac Man for SNES. Even with the intro, the story seems both nonsensical, and unimportant, it you might as well skip it. The early gameplay consists of … [Read more...]

King Kong

With the exception of The Chronicles of Riddick, movie-based games almost universally stink. So when Ubisoft announced King Kong, it had an uphill perception battle from the get-go. But then Peter Jackson, who?s directing the film, asked to be personally involved in the development process. And the creator of Beyond Good and Evil took the creative reins. And the men decided that the game and movie would share digital assets. It was at that point that a funny thing happened: people began to think ?hey, maybe this King Kong game won?t be so bad … [Read more...]

Metal Slug 4 & 5

Have you ever seen a squirrel on crack? I haven't either, but I would imagine that witnessing something like that would be similar to playing through Metal Slug 4 & 5: entertaining, hilarious and manic, but not something that would hold your attention for an extended amount of time. Like most of the 2D side-scrolling arcade shooters of yesterday, Metal Slug is an insanely fast game that will challenge even the most resolute players. It amazes me how a game that only lets you move in two directions can be so difficult. Yes, Metal Slug is … [Read more...]

The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer

Anyone who’s seen Pixar’s “The Incredibles” (and who hasn’t) will easily remember the final scene of the film. The family walks out of a school track meet, only to see a huge drill burst from the ground, and a new villain, The Underminer, unearths himself and declare war on man. It’s from this moment that THQ’s The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer uses to launch the player into the game. As the name implies, Rise of the Underminer uses two of the most beloved characters from the movie - Frozone and Mr. Incredible. Both have basic set of … [Read more...]

Midway Arcade Treasures 3

It must say something about the state of the game industry when publishers are pumping out retro-collections almost weekly. What's it say? Well, we're not really sure, besides that it proves that many of the classics have more staying power than modern titles. While modern titles may have glitz and glimmer available by the truckload, courtesy of powerful hardware, there's something to be said for a game that's just plain fun. And that's what some of these retro-collections are, a trip back in time to when games might not look like Halo 2, but … [Read more...]